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Current Affairs 2017

Delhi Police chief Alok Verma appointed new CBI Director

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Alok Kumar Verma as the new CBI Director. His appointment will be for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of his office. Shri Alok Kumar Verma, currently Delhi Police commissioner, is a 1979 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

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History of Indian Cinema

India's first film "Raja Harischandra", a silent movie was first screened at Bombay's (Mumbai) Coronation Theater on May 3, 1913. It was made by Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema. It was Phalke who introduced India to world cinema at a time when working in films was restricted by social customs. After the success of his film 'Raja Harishchandra', several filmmakers in Bombay and Madras began making silent films. By the mid 1920s, Madras had become the epicenter for all film related activities. Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, S S Vasan, A V Meiyappan set up production houses in Madras to shoot Telugu and Tamil films.

The silent era came to an end when Ardeshir Irani produced his first talkie, 'Alam Ara' in 1931. If Phalke was the father of Indian cinema, Irani was the father of the talkie. The talkies changed the face of Indian cinema. Apart from looks, the actors not only needed a commanding voice but also singing skills, as music became a defining element in Indian cinema. The first talkie films in Bengali (Jamai Shasthi), Telugu (Bhakta Prahlad) and Tamil (Kalidass) were released in the same year.

In 1945 came 'Kismet' starring Ashok Kumar which became one of the biggest hits in the history of Indian cinema. A close relationship between epic consciousness and the art of cinema was established. It was against this backdrop that filmmakers like V.Shantaram, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor and Mehboob Khan made their films. In the meantime, the film industry had made rapid strides in the South, where Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films were taking South India by storm. By the late 1940s, films were being made in various Indian languages with religion being the dominant theme. 1940s to late 1950s was also the golden era of music. Shankar Jaikishan, O.P. Nayyar, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra, Salil Chaudhury, Naushad, S.D. Burman - all had their distinctive style. All of them has given us lot of most unforgettable melodies. Till then Indian Cinema is dominating in world panorama.


Source: DD News

63rd National Film Awards

Best Feature Film Baahubali Indira Gandhi award for best Debut Film of a Director Masaan Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Bajrangi Bhaijaan Nargis Dutt Award for best Feature Film on National Integration Nanak Shah Fakir Best Film On Social Issues Nirnayakam Best film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Valiya Chirakull A Pakshikal Best Children’s Film Duronto Best Direction Bajirao Mastani by Sanjay Leela Bansali Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan for PIKU Best Actress Kangana Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu Returns Best Supporting Actor Samuthirakani for Visaaranai Best Supporting Actress Tanvi Azmi for Bajirao Mastani Best ChildArtist Gaurav Menon for BEN Best Male Playback Singer Mahesh Kale for Katyar Kalijat Ghusli Best Female Playback Singer Monali Thakur for Dum Laga Ke Haisa Best Cinemato Graphy Sudeep Chaterjee for Bajirao Mastani Best Screenplay Writer Juhi Chaturvedi for PIKU, Himanshu Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Vishal Bhardwaj for Talv ...

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What is London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)?

London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is an interest rate at which banks can borrow funds from other banks in the London interbank market. One of the world’s most widely used benchmarks for short-term interest rates, LIBOR rates were first used in financial markets in 1986. From then on LIBOR has been growing in stature and today it is the key reference rate for financial products worth about $350 trillion. Small changes in the LIBOR can cause ripples in the money market. LIBOR is fixed on a daily basis by the British Bankers’ Association and is derived from a filtered average of the world’s most creditworthy banks’ interbank deposit rates. Countries that rely on t he LIBOR for a reference rate include the United States, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 2012, regulators from around the world were probing alleged manipulation of LIBOR by US and European banks. In 2013, a worldwide investigation discovered widespread manipulation of this benchmark interbank lending rates by ...

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Genetically Modified Food or Crops

Genetic Modification Genetic modification refers to techniques used to manipulate the genetic composition of an organism by adding specific useful genes. A gene is a sequence of DNA that contains information that determines a particular characteristic/trait. All organisms have DNA (genes). Genes are located in chromosomes. Genes are units of inheritance that are passed from one generation to the next and provide instructions for development and function of the organism. Crops that are developed through genetic modification are referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, transgenic crops or genetically engineered (GE) crops. Over the last 30 years, the field of genetic engineering has developed rapidly due to the greater understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the chemical double helix code from which genes are made. The term genetic engineering is used to describe the process by which the genetic makeup of an organism can be altered using “recombinant DNA technology.” This ...

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Career Scope in Print Media

Print media are lightweight, portable, disposable publications printed on paper and circulated as physical copies in forms we call books, newspapers, magazines and newsletters. They hold informative and entertaining content that is of general or special interest. They are published either once or daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Print Media is the oldest form of media. But even today it is growing from strength to strength. Around 4000 small, medium and large newspapers and magazines across the county are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers every year. This indicates that it is a growing sector where employment opportunities are increasing with each passing day. Most of the young aspirants who want to enter the print media prefer reporting, but newspapers and magazines also seek young talent as photographers, artists, editors, computer experts, librarians, and cartoonists. Students who have writing ability, graphics or photo skills, curiosity and deter ...

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